These tips for backpack camping in the rain will help make the adventure more comfortable, if not enjoyable. Check out KennethKramm’s video on tips for backpack camping in the rain. Share some tips of your own!
Tips for Backpack Camping in the Rain
10. DON’T Go, If You are Afraid of Adventure
Look at the experience as a way to train for an emergency or natural calamity. Find out how camping in the rain can prepare you for a disaster here!
9. Practice Survival Skills in Good Weather
Bushcraft survival skills are perishable, so practice, practice, practice…
8. Get a Good Backpack
Find a pack that fits your:
- Trip length (single or multi-day)
- Personal preference (comfort versus weight-saving)
- Body type/torso length
- Right capacity for use
- Fit your torso
- Load support
- Gear accessibility
- Waterproof zippers
7. Take Tarps
Place your rain gear at the top of your backpack for easy access. Construct a tarp shelter that will keep you and your equipment dry while you set up your tent or hammock. Speed and precision are important in setting up camp. Rember to tighten your tarp to avoid puddling. Again, practice, practice, practice…
6. Select Your Tent Carefully
I use the Eureka Backcountry 1. It is lightweight and excellent quality. I modified the tent with a custom footprint and vestibule. Modern tents have bathtub floors that keep the water out, but will get damp in heavy rainfall. So I put plastic bags below my sleeping pad.
Bob has a Kelty Gunnison 2.1 which has 2 vestibules and excellent ventilation. Take note: More ventilation = less condensation. Generally, these are the qualities of the best backpack camping tents:
- Quick set-up
- Freestanding with bathtub floor
- Aluminum frame
- Rainfly with vestibule for gear storage
5. Camp on High Ground
Otherwise, a brief shower may turn your campsite into a river — which we learned the hard way.
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4. Organize Your Supplies
Put your backpack on the head end of your tent. Place your extra clothing in a plastic bag which you can use as a pillow. For your clothing, you might want to take note of these points:
- Include socks made from synthetic materials instead of cotton
- Use T-shirts made from synthetic materials instead of cotton
- Include a rain poncho or a lightweight rain jacket
- Put toiletries in a separate bag
- Place fire-starting kit and electronic devices in waterproof bags, separately
- Prefer ultralight rain gear for backpacking in the rain
3. Bring Stove or Make Campfire
Entertainment-wise, your campfire is your TV when outdoors, so this should be fun but remember to take extra care when starting a campfire.
- Practice different methods of fire-starting
- Pine resin may be used as a fire-starter
- Practice the Ferro rod and knife spine technique
- Try the Uber Match (Four strike-anywhere matches wrapped in a paraffin-soaked cotton pad)
- Be careful with fire near your shelter
2. Hike the Trail
Get yourself familiar with your surroundings, environment, or terrain. Look for plants you can make use of, like American beautyberry plants which repel mosquitoes and ticks. Also, familiarize yourself with poisonous plants which you need to avoid.
1. Be Safe
Above all, keep yourself safe. Be wary of lightning and widow-makers. Watch out for wild and dangerous animals and deadly insects. You can follow the local recommendations and look for more information about the area. When faced with dangerous hazards, head home, go indoors, or stay in your car. Your car will be safer than the tent.
Watch the full video here from Kenneth Kramm for tips for backpack camping in the rain:
Who doesn’t love the sound of rain on a metal roof? What about the sound of rain on a tent in the woods? Perhaps not so fun… but it doesn’t all have to be a wash. Learning the survival skills for backpack camping in all sorts of weather will make you stronger and better prepared!
Got any tips and tricks up your sleeves for backpack camping in the rain? Let’s check them out in your comments below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 11, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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